Dick Findlay(1928-*). Artist, Illustrator, journalist and dramatist.
Born Richard (Dick) Findlay in Pretoria, 1928.
Trained as an artist, he became a prolific ornothological painter and visual artist, especially in water colour, and besides numerous exhibitions, his artworks have been displayed in numerous bird and mammal books. In addition he designed a famous series of South African postage stamps and several coins.
His images have appeared in ten books and more than 50 different periodicals. Publications include the First Folio of South African Birds (with Alan Bird, 1959), A Folio of South African Animals (1967), ,and the illustrations for a prestigious reprint of The Soul Of The Ape and The Soul Of The White Ant by Eugène N. Marais. He also did a mural for the orignal Jan Smuts Airport in Johannesburg.
Contribution to South African Theatre, Film, Media and Performance
The author of many articles on the arts, including theatre, he did designs for various stage productions over the years.
A a playwright he produced an Afrikaans play, Bitter Lied van die Somer (written earlier, published by J.L. van Schaik in 1974), which was the basis for an English script he wrote for Forgotten Summer, filmed in 1970 by Panorama Films. He also wrote the Afrikaans one-act play Roep van die Naguiltjie.
Ogilvie and Graff. 1988. The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors Johannesburg: Everard Read.
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